MODULE 1- USING A DAW (ANALYSIS)
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the set-up of a digital audio workstation (DAW), with the intent of informing decisions as to a software’s suitability for use. The purpose of this unit is to assess the setup of a DAW, analysing each function and assessing different software and hardware types.
MODULE 2- USING A DAW (RESEARCH)
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the function of a digital audio workstation (DAW), with the intent of informing best practice in its usage. The purpose of this unit is to assess the usage of a DAW by analysing a given songs and how they use the software, in a number of technical areas.
MODULE 3- STUDIO SOUND MIXING
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to create two different mixes. Topics of study include: mix preparation (file formats, labelling etc.) corrective and creative use of EQ, use of dynamic effects, use of a variety of effects (inserts and sends), panning, sub-groups, metering, automation and reflective listening.
MODULE 4- STUDIO AUDIO MASTERING
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ skills in effectively mastering a given piece of music, using a variety of methods and assessing best practice. The purpose of the unit is to use mastering equipment to develop and create two different mastered tracks to two different formats. Specific topics include: Formats (e.g. digital streaming, TV or physical release), Types of mastering (analogue (hardware), digital (plug-ins), online services, An analysis of mastering within professionally produced, commercial songs (minimum of two contrasting songs), making reference to genre-specific techniques. In addition to these, emphasis will be placed on: effective use of corrective and creative processing as appropriate to the material, finalisation of audio for the intended formats and reflective listening